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#1 Christopher Budnick

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:19 PM

I've been taught that as a general rule it looks better to light an actor with a key on the other side of the actor (upstage), opposite the camera. Why is this? Also, it's often described as being "closer to" or "farther away from" the camera. Aren't they both equally close to the camera, just on different sides? Or does this only refer to when an actor is being shot other than straight on?

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#2 Christopher Budnick

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 03:27 PM

I figured this out- usually, one side of an actor's face is closer to the camera than the other.
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